In the mid-’70s, you couldn’t open a comic book — or turn on after-school TV — without seeing the ads…
For the life of me I cannot remember who lent me his Evel Knievel Canyon Sky Cycle when I was a kid. All I know if that I never wanted to give it back.
Alas, honest youngster that I was, I dutifully returned it and pined for my own — or even better, the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. Well, that didn’t happen until last week — 45 or so years later — when I got in the mail the replica edition from California Creations and the Knievel folks.
Evel Knievel was a big star to us elementary-school types in the mid-’70s. You couldn’t help but be drawn into his orbit because he was everywhere: TV, movies, radio, comics, you name it.
I mean, hell, just last night I was reading Detective Comics #439 and this classic ad from Ideal was on the inside cover:
So I was pretty excited to see that an upcoming issue of TwoMorrows’ RetroFan will include a feature on all things Evel. Or at least the toys, anyway.
Dig the official description of the newly announced RetroFan #15:
July 2021 – 84 FULL-COLOR pages
RetroFan #15 features Sixties teen idol Ricky Nelson as remembered by his son Matthew Nelson. Plus: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., rural sitcom purge, Evel Knievel toys, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Saturday morning’s Super 7, The Muppet Show, behind-the-scenes photos of Sixties movies, an interview with The Sound of Music’s heartthrob-turned-bad guy Daniel “Rolf” Truhitte, and more fun, fab features! Featuring columns by Ernest Farino, Andy Mangels, Will Murray, Scott Saavedra, and Scott Shaw! Edited by Michael Eury.
The issue runs $9.95 and will be available through comics shops and other magazine sellers. But you can already pre-order it through TwoMorrows. (Click here.)
Oh, and when is it due? June 2021. So it’s down the road a bit — but it’s nothing like waiting 45 years for your very own Stunt Cycle.
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